When people ask me how I got into the piano business, I often respond with “I grew up in the back of a piano store”. Admittedly, this is only partly true, but it sure does feel that way. I wandered into a piano store in downtown Colorado Springs the summer after my senior year of high school. My mission going in was actually just to inquire about the black 1962 Vespa parked out front and whether or not the owner would be open to selling it. Upon walking in, I was instantly awestruck by the store. There was a large arrangement of all sorts of pianos. New, restored, uprights, grands. It was both an amazing and intimidating thing to see for the first time. After carefully weaving my way through the shop, I found the owner all the way in the back, in the store’s workshop area. In that workshop there were two pianos fully disassembled (a 1920s Chickering upright, and a 1950s Knabe grand) in various stages of reconditioning. I had never seen a piano opened up like that before, and I was fascinated with the array of piano parts and specialty piano tools strewn across the work benches. With that first visit I knew that I wanted to work with these instruments. After being informed that the Vespa was definitely not for sale, my awkward 18yr old self managed to fumble out enough small talk ultimately ending with my asking for a job. The shop owner took a chance on me, and let me start the following week. From there I was absolutely hooked. I loved working in that store. I’d often show up on my days off just to be hang out in the workshop. Taking apart vintage pianos, cleaning out the insides, refinishing the cabinets, and reconditioning intricate action mechanisms and keyboards brought these instruments back to life. It felt like it was the most satisfying work I had ever done. I still feel the same way about working with pianos today.
When we weren’t working on pianos, we were picking pianos up that were to undergo work, and delivering pianos that we had sold. Delivering a piano that we had reconditioned to a customer’s home was a pretty wonderful feeling, and one of the best parts of the job. Seeing customer’s reaction to their new piano finally making its way home was amazing.
When delivering pianos, we did it with white glove treatment, and it was obvious to our customers. We made sure that flooring was protected from outside elements that might have gotten tracked in with our dolly wheels, and made sure to take special consideration for wood floors while setting down grands and moving them into place. We’d even polish off any fingerprints we left on the pianos case before leaving. I took a great sense of pride in how careful and methodical we were with the process of our moving and how in turn we presented ourselves to our customers.
In the years since my introduction to this business, I have tuned, reconditioned, and restored countless pianos. At this point I have moved what in my estimation has to be thousands of pianos. With all of this I decided that I wanted to start a piano moving company that mirrored the white glove piano moving service from my roots. I feel that my history working with these instruments has given me a unique perspective in my approach to moving them. I’ve been able to train and collaborate with top notch individuals that I am proud to call my team.
I hope we can earn your trust and your business.